Just one more layover question, I swear (LIM and SCL)

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  1. ZZZ

    ZZZ Active Member

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    I hope I am not abusing my privileges here after my last thread about short layovers in PTY, but today at work I was asked to get ready for another trip from Mexico to S. America that will either transit in LIM (Lima, Peru) or SCL (Santiago, Chile).

    In either case, the layovers are between 65 and 80 minutes. The flights are all on LAN or LAN code-shares. Internet searches have returned conflicting information about whether one must pass through immigration and customs on such flights, and thus I am unsure whether to spring for these routings. The only other options are either (1) massive, 6+ hour layovers in either city, or (2) hideously long, two-stop flights through the U.S.

    And I thought flying to S. America from Mexico would somehow be easier...live and learn. In any event, any advice from S. America veterans is very much welcome.

    -Z
     
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  2. TheTravelAbstract

    TheTravelAbstract Silver Member

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    I am pretty sure you will be going through "transit security" and not full fledged check-in security.

    This means your time spent in security is minimal. I have never personally done it but I have heard it can take as little as 10 minutes.

    Maybe somebody with first hand experience can bring their story.
     
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  3. philatravelgirl

    philatravelgirl Silver Member

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    Last night in Lima connecting passengers from my international chile flight did not do immigration (lucky then as I spent more than an hour in immigration) but depending on the arrival time there could be lots of transitioning people for additional security check. Most airlines have a minimum allowable connecting time, under two hours doesn't seem within range to me
     
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  4. ZZZ

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    Thanks very much to you both!
     
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    jbcarioca Gold Member

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    Both SCL and LIM allow transit without customs clearance but SCL may be a bit more professional about it. I have not transited in LIM although I've flown there. SCL I've done both ways. Anyway, if it is LAN both sides I would not worry about either one. Were it me I'd choose SCL because the facilities are better and there are more connections in case something does go wrong. Depending on your eventual destination SCL usually has more options.
     

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